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Chevy Cruze Named Fleet Car of the Year for 2014  Mar 25th, 2015 
The new 2015 Cruze sedan received a majority vote from qualified fleet professionals. 
 
 
PEAK Performance's Online Scheduling Solution, SmartScheduler, Continues to Gain Traction among OEMs  Mar 25th, 2015 
Expanding its fast-growing reach, SmartScheduler is now approved to sell to over 6000 dealerships in North America. 
 
 
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack – First Drive Review  Mar 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Watch the Jaguar XF’s Record-Breaking High-Wire Car Stunt  Mar 24th, 2015 
Jaguar introduced the all-new, largely aluminum XF sedan today and used the occasion to perform a slightly perplexing feat: The company had a stuntman drive an XF across the waters of London’s Canary Wharf, precariously perched on a pair of cables barely thicker than an inch. Apparently the stunt broke a world record. Jaguar claims that […] 
 
 
Out of the Bag: All-New 2016 Jaguar XF Revealed!  Mar 24th, 2015 
Having made a successful high-wire crossing in London, the redesigned, 2016 Jaguar XF can now be revealed to the world. The 2016 model is the second generation of Jaguar’s first modern-era sedan, and as such, its styling is evolutionary. Although the overall look is familiar, the proportions have been altered: The wheelbase has been stretched […] 
 
 
2016 Cadillac ATS-V Makes Nine More Horsepower Than GM Thought  Mar 24th, 2015 
We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Cadillac’s ATS-V ever since we caught wind of its estimated specs: A 3.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 sending an estimated 455 horses and 445 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, all in a handy, BMW M3–sized package. Turns out, the good news gets even better: SAE testing confirms […] 
 
 
Electric Zoo: Mercedes-Benz to Offer a Spate of Plug-In Hybrids by 2017  Mar 24th, 2015 
Daimler must’ve gone long on stock in Glade, as they’ve announced that they’ll be releasing a new plug-in-hybrid Mercedes about every four months as we lurch toward 2017. The S500 plug-in, out this spring, will be the first, followed by the C350e that comes this fall—the lowercase-e suffix set to replace Benz’ all-caps “PLUG-IN HYBRID” […] 
 
 
Out of the Bag: All-New 2016 Jaguar XF Revealed!  Mar 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Equine Overload: Roush Opens Order Book for Stage 3 Mustang  Mar 24th, 2015 
Stud-Mustang heads rejoice, for the Roush Stage 3 is now available for order at your local Roush emporium. Courtesy of a supercharger, the 5.0-liter engine thwonks out in the neighborhood of 630 horsepower. Roush suggests the final power number could be a smidge higher. Though the company boasts that it produces more horsepower per liter […] 
 
 
Porsche Lawyers Pressure Aston Martin Into Renaming the Vantage GT3  Mar 24th, 2015 
Aston Martin wowed the socks off of everyone at the Geneva auto show when it showed off the Vantage GT3, a track-focused special edition with a 592-hp V-12 and looks to kill. All 100 examples have already sold out, but when those lucky owners receive their lightweight, carbon-fiber-intensive Astons, they won’t be getting a GT3. Thanks […] 
 
 
Driven! 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack: SRT Power at a Nicer Price  Mar 24th, 2015 
Dodge knows a good thing when it has it. And we’d argue that its 485-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 is a very good thing. Dodge is making that good thing more widely available by putting it into another model—the Charger R/T, this time—and lowering the price of entry. Power to the proletariat! READ MORE ›› 
 
 
Our Man Does Time on the Lamborghini V-12 Assembly Line  Mar 24th, 2015 
A little over a decade ago, Lamborghini’s V-12 assembly line looked like a colorized version of the black-and-white photos in the company museum. A few milling machines hummed and spat white fluid while a skeleton crew casually bolted together Murciélago engines as if someone had replaced their espresso beans with decaf Folgers crystals. I recall […] 
 
 
Fidelis PPM Responds to GM's Modification of Free Maintenance Plan  Mar 24th, 2015 
The president of DRIV technologies and Fidelis PPM says General Motors' decision to cut service visits under its free prepaid maintenance program provides an excellent opportunity for dealers to 'cement the value' of their own programs. 
 
 
N.Y. Dealer Pleads Guilty to Felony Tax Charges  Mar 24th, 2015 
The owner of a dealership in New York pled guilty last week to five felony charges and will serve up to one year in jail for failing to file sales tax and personal income tax returns. 
 
 
DealerRater, J.D. Power Examine Service’s Connection to Sales  Mar 24th, 2015 
A new analysis by J.D. Power and DealerRater examines the connection between the service experience and sales. It concludes that to boost sales, dealers need to tune up their service centers. 
 
 
Consumers Want Lenders to Bid for Their Business, Study Shows  Mar 24th, 2015 
Swapalease.com released a new study that shows a majority of customers aren’t interested in car-sharing services or autonomous driving. What they do want is lenders bidding for their business. 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Trax AWD – Instrumented Test  Mar 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Here’s Your Best Look Yet at the Production-Ready Tesla Model X  Mar 24th, 2015 
Tesla’s long-promised Model X crossover is almost a familiar sight to car fans on the internet. Where it’s not so commonly seen is on the road: The electric carmaker has pushed back the gullwing-doored truckster’s debut more than once. Now, a sharp-eyed citizen in the Palo Alto, California, area has caught our clearest view yet […] 
 
 
2015 Chevrolet Trax AWD Tested: A Tidy, No-Fuss Machine  Mar 24th, 2015 
In this episode of “Badge Engineering: GM,” the Chev­rolet Trax gets the better of its Buick Encore cast-mate. Following the Encore’s lead, the Trax is Chevrolet’s entry into a new class of diminutive SUVs, one occupied by the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, Mazda CX-3, and the Nissan Juke. But the Trax is more interesting than […] 
 
 
Whiskey Rebellion: Blasting through Moonshine Country in a Lingenfelter-Blown Chevrolet SS – Instrumented Test  Mar 24th, 2015 
 
 
 
Lingenfelter-Blown Chevrolet SS Tested: Through Moonshine Country with a Trunk Full of Hooch  Mar 24th, 2015 
American whiskey is having a moment. According to the Distilled ­Spirits Council, revenue from “super premium” bourbon and Tennessee whiskey went up 104 percent between 2008 and 2013. Lesser hooch made nice gains, too, as Americans developed a newfound appreciation for a liquor historically synonymous with saloon brawls and slurred arguments over who done left […] 
 
 
Preferred Warranties Names New VP of Marketing and Sales  Mar 24th, 2015 
Kathy Calderini has been selected as the new vice president of marketing and sales for Preferred Warranties Inc. She brings more than 20 year of sales and marketing experience to her new role. 
 
 
Black Book Adds Chief Technology Officer and Senior VP  Mar 24th, 2015 
Laird Popkin has been appointed to the newly created role of chief technology officer and senior vice president. He will have responsibility for all product development and IT operations. 
 
 
BMW Settles FTC Charges  Mar 24th, 2015 
BMW of North America has agreed to settle FTC charges that its MINI Division violated the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act by telling consumers that BMW would void their warranty unless they used MINI parts and MINI dealers to perform maintenance and repair work. 
 
 
Land Rover Details 2016 Range Rover Sport Lineup’s Changes, New Diesel V-6  Mar 24th, 2015 
Right on schedule, Land Rover has announced a series of minor changes for the Range Rover Sport, including the SUV’s first-ever (in the U.S.) diesel V-6 engine option. We already knew the Range Rover Sport was getting the diesel six, but Land Rover is giving us the full details of the model’s other updates for […] 
 
 
2016 Land Rover Range Rover Sport HST Limited Edition: Bridging the 170-hp Sport Gap  Mar 24th, 2015 
Coinciding with an update that spans the entire range of Range Rover Sport for 2016, Land Rover is adding a new model to the baby Rover mix, in between the entry-level Range Rover Sport and the beastly Supercharged model. Dubbed the Range Rover Sport HST Limited Edition, it comes with a more powerful version of […] 
 
 
2015 Saleen Mustang S302 Black Label – Official Photos and Info  Mar 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Honda Recalls 105K More Cars, But Too Many Owners Can’t Be Bothered to Get Them Fixed  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Honda has expanded its driver’s-side airbag recall again to include more 2001 Accord, 2004 Civic, and 2008 Pilot models that were incorrectly identified by VIN when matched to Takata production records, the company said. An additional 104,871 cars are included and owners will be notified at a later date. Honda, which has recalled the most […] 
 
 
Mitsubishi Teases New 2016 Outlander Before New York Debut  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Remember the Outlander? Mitsubishi still makes it, and it’s, well, adequate. Nothing to write home, or even to your ex-lover, about. Mitsubishi has a new Outlander ready to debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 2nd, and judging by these two teaser images the automaker just released, it’ll look rather similar to the […] 
 
 
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro: A More Powerful, More Efficient Le Man Racer  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Audi‘s racing arm, Audi Sport, has a hefty crown to defend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Having taken overall victory 13 times in 15 appearances at the Circuit de la Sarthe, the four-ringed racing team seeks to maintain its competitive edge. It’s the guiding principle behind the heavily revamped R18 e-tron Quattro racer that […] 
 
 
Saleen’s Mustang S302 Black Label Joins the 700 (hp) Club  Mar 23rd, 2015 
We’re not fans of war games, unless they involve horsepower. And we knew that once Dodge threw down the gauntlet with its 707-hp supercharged Hellcat V-8, the 700-plus-hp arena would see some incredible battles. Enter Saleen Automotive, Inc.—technically an OEM—with its new 2015 Mustang S302 Black Label. When it was announced last year, output of […] 
 
 
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Test: Entering the Full-Exotic Realm  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Our old mental image of the Porsche 911 as that expensive but attainable little sports car for people willing to stretch just a bit from a Corvette has been outdated for several years now. First off, the 911 is no longer little, being nearly an inch longer than the hardly-small C7 Corvette. And its attainability, […] 
 
 
Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro Brings More Power and Efficiency to the 2015 Season  Mar 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet – Instrumented Test  Mar 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
Honda Extends Leasing Opportunities on Discontinued Fit EV  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Honda announced last year that it would stop producing the Fit EV, a battery-electric flivver based on the previous-generation Fit hatchback. Don’t despair though: If you were really hoping to get your hands on a plug-in Fit, Honda just announced that it will extend the Fit EV lease program by two years, for both current […] 
 
 
Orange Juiced: BMW’s First EV Paved the Way for the i8 Amid an Olympic Tragedy  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Were it not for the tragic Munich Massacre, in which seventeen people died as a result of terrorists’ actions in the middle of the 1972 Olympic games, BMW’s first electric car might’ve been a lot more memorable. BMW gave two battery-powered prototypes based on its 1600 to Olympic stewards, who used the emissions-free cars to support […] 
 
 
Italy’s Pirelli Headed into Chinese Hands  Mar 23rd, 2015 
A deal has been signed to put famed Italian tire maker Pirelli in the hands of the state-owned chemical conglomerate ChemChina. The deal is expected to be finalized this summer pending regulatory checks, reports Automotive News Europe. ChemChina will start by buying the 26.2-percent share of Pirelli owned by a company called Camfin, and then […] 
 
 
Lotus Offers Exige and Elise Special Editions—But Not to Americans  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Things are getting busier at Hethel, with Lotus announcing two new iterations of the evergreen Elise/Exige. The Exige S Club Racer is a faster and lighter version of the already extremely fast and impressively light Exige S, while the Elise 20th Anniversary Edition is a tweaked version of the mid-engine roadster that, as its name suggests, […] 
 
 
A Record Number of Cars Were Recalled in 2014—Here Are the Details  Mar 23rd, 2015 
From the April 2015 issue Last year, automakers recalled nearly four times as many vehicles as they sold, for a record 63.5 million cars and light-duty trucks in 350 separate recall campaigns. Previously, the worst year for do-overs was 1981, when upward of 30 million vehicles were recalled. But 2014 made that look paltry. Ignition […] 
 
 
2016 Jaguar F-type Pricing: Manual Transmissions or AWD Now Optional  Mar 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 Jaguar F-type Pricing: Manual Transmissions or AWD Now Optional  Mar 23rd, 2015 
Jaguar brought a whole host of new improvements to the alluring F-type and F-type R models for 2016. The good news? Now you can get your Coventry cat with a true, three-pedal manual transmission. The slightly bad news? You’ll have to forego the optional all-wheel drive, and the F-type R’s supercharged 550-hp V-8, to do […] 
 
 
Orange Juiced: BMW’s First EV Paved the Way for the i8 Amid an Olympic Tragedy  Mar 23rd, 2015 
 
 
 
7 Questions with Frank Stephenson, the Designer of the Modern Mini, McLaren P1, Ferrari F430, and More  Mar 23rd, 2015 
C/D: You started with Ford in Europe, where you’re best remembered for the Escort RS Cosworth. FS: It was my highlight, definitely. If you look at that car you see it has a big wing on the back and a smaller one on the tailgate. But when I first did it there were three wings; […] 
 
 
The NSX Hybrid: Successor of the NSX Super-Car  Mar 23rd, 2015 
The NSX hybrid is the successor of the NSX super-car. 
 
 
Convoy Technologies' VIDEOMATICS Incorporates Telematics and Live Video for Commercial Driver Safety, Security and Productivity  Mar 22nd, 2015 
Streaming live video, GPS, and events to smartphones, tablets or PCs. 
 
 
LeMons Sears Pointless Inspections: Dead Presidents, Dirty Vanagon-Driving Hippies, and an AMC Eagle  Mar 21st, 2015 
The 24 Hours of LeMons has returned to Sonoma Raceway aka Sears Point once again, and this time we’re going to squeeze in the maximum number of entries this track will hold: 180 cars! Plenty of old friends, plenty of wild new cars, and plenty of really terrible ideas were on display during the pre-race […] 
 
 
Acura NSX Designer Michelle Christensen on the Influence of Nature, and the ’67 Chevelle  Mar 20th, 2015 
 
 
 
2016 BMW 650i Coupe First Drive: The Update Is Still Great  Mar 20th, 2015 
With the 6-series, BMW has a clear winner on its hands. The beautiful coupe, based on the 5-series sedan, has exceeded expectations—despite highly ambitious pricing that positions it close to the range-topping 7-series. Even though the four-door Gran Coupe, a direct competitor of the Audi A7 and the Mercedes-Benz CLS, has become the most popular […] 
 
 
2016 BMW 650i Coupe – First Drive Review  Mar 20th, 2015 
 
 
 
Remember the Oddball DeltaWing Race Car? It Could Soon Become a Road Car That You Could Buy for $60K  Mar 20th, 2015 
Sometime later this summer, a curious new sports-car prototype will cruise the streets of northern Georgia. Today, on the eve of the 12 Hours of Sebring, Don Panoz announced that his company will soon build roadgoing versions of the DeltaWing race car. Quick recap on the DeltaWing: It’s a narrow-nosed smack in the face of […] 
 
 
Float On: First Teaser Reveals “Floating” Roof of the 2016 Lexus RX  Mar 20th, 2015 
This is the first official teaser for the 2016 Lexus RX, and by Jo-o-ji, it looks just like the renderings we found in February. With the side-glass area extending to through the C-pillar, Lexus designers evidently were clearly on the same wavelength—or imbibing the same substances—as the Nissan designers who created the “floating roof” look […] 
 
 
Video: Clarkson Says He’s Been “Sacked” and BBC “F**ked Up” Top Gear  Mar 20th, 2015 
Jeremy Clarkson has been mostly quiet after being suspended by the BBC for allegedly punching a producer. At a charity event in London last night, he spoke his mind a little bit, in typical carefree Clarkson fashion. And U.K. newspaper The Guardian has video. The videos, shown below, only catch a brief few seconds of […] 
 
 
Acura NSX Designer Michelle Christensen on the Influence of Nature, and the ’67 Chevelle  Mar 20th, 2015 
When Acura charged Michelle Christensen with designing the exterior of the 2016 Acura NSX—the resurrection of the game-changing supercar and the brand’s halo car—she turned her gaze to nature for inspiration. “When I was younger I drew people and animals and trees,” she says. “Even in car design, though it’s mechanical, you can draw from […] 
 
 
A Street-Legal DeltaWing Would Be the Most Fuel-Efficient Car Ever, Says DeltaWing  Mar 20th, 2015 
Last year, Don Panoz and the DeltaWing crew hinted that a roadgoing variant of the oddly proportioned design could make for a majorly fuel-efficient daily driver. Today, DeltaWing is offering statistical evidence to back up that claim. According to a study commissioned by DeltaWing, a street-legal production vehicle with the racer’s trademark narrow beak could […] 
 
 
The Magnificent Seven: 2015 Jeep Concept Vehicles Headed to Moab  Mar 20th, 2015 
 
 
 
Cadillac’s Next-Gen V-6 Engines: The Fun One Has Two Turbos and 400 Horsepower  Mar 20th, 2015 
  Cadillac is on the march to become the world-class luxury brand of your dreams. A $12-billion investment, eight new products by 2020, and entry into five previously unexploited market segments are the crux of that initiative. In addition, GM has refurbished its Romulus, Michigan, engine plant to the tune of $540 million, enabling that […] 
 
 
2016 Chevrolet Malibu to Debut New Spyware Targeting Teen Drivers  Mar 20th, 2015 
Chevrolet has announced that it will offer parents a creepy level of oversight when it comes to letting the kids borrow the family ride, and the NSA-style spying begins with the 2016 Malibu. A system dubbed Teen Driver will debut on the bow-tie brand’s newest mid-size sedan (which itself bows at the 2015 New York […] 
 
 
Top Gear Fans Drive Tank to BBC to Deliver “Save Clarkson” Petition  Mar 20th, 2015 
Blogger Guido Fawkes’ online petition to “save” Jeremy Clarkson reached its goal of a million signatures, and to mark the occasion, they were ceremoniously delivered to the BBC in a rented tank, complete with a “Stig” posed atop the turret. Not agreeing with the ‘bring back Clarkson’ but everyone loves a tank on a busy […] 
 
 
Doggie Day Care: Five Ways to Protect Your Pooch on the Road  Mar 20th, 2015 
From the April 2015 issue Sorry dogs, but man has two best friends—one walks on four legs and the other rides on four wheels. The tricky part is combining the two without either one doing damage to the other. These canine car accessories should help, and to make this test legit, we had a real, […] 
 
 
2015 GMC Canyon Named Autoweek's Best of the Best Truck  Mar 20th, 2015 
GMC's all-new midsize truck is receiving praise from automotive journalists. 
 
 
Jeep Red Rock Responder Concept: A Wrangler with Serious Junk in the Trunk  Mar 19th, 2015 
Of Jeep’s 2015 Moab Easter Safari concepts, the modded Jeeps it plans to bring to the annual Easter Jeep Safari off-road party in Moab, this Red Rock Responder concept is the only one that leaves us scratching our heads. Sure, it has presence with those beadlock rims, 37-inch tires, and red paint job, but the thing’s […] 
 
 
Porsche CEO Reveals Due Date for Next-Gen Panamera  Mar 19th, 2015 
With pretty much every expected permutation of the Porsche Panamera already on the market, including short- and long-wheelbase models, V-6 or V-8 engines, some turbocharged, some not, a hybrid, and a base-price range stretching from about $79K all the way up to over $200K, there’s little left for Porsche to do with the Panamera other […] 
 
 
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander Concept Can Get Away from It All—and Stay Away  Mar 19th, 2015 
For the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the difference between an Overland and an Overlander is greater than one might think. The Overland is the penultimate trim level for the Grand Cherokee, slotting just below the Summit. (Price-wise, both of them live in the shadow of the SRT, but that’s a different animal altogether.) The Overlander, meanwhile, […] 
 
 
Jeep Grand Cherokee Overlander Concept Can Get Away from It All—and Stay Away  Mar 19th, 2015 
 
 
 
Gnarly Jeep Chief Concept Brings the Beach Vibe Anywhere  Mar 19th, 2015 
Three days ago, the C/D office lost its collective mind over an insanely clean 1977 Jeep Cherokee Chief that popped up for sale on the internet. Pristine in nearly every measure, the Chief escaped our grasp and was awarded to a higher bidder (for nearly $27,000). But just as we were coming to terms with […] 
 
 
Recalls Driving Up Service Satisfaction, J.D. Power Reports  Mar 19th, 2015 
Service satisfaction is on the rise despite the three-year increase in vehicle recalls, according to J.D. Power. The firm also reported that customer satisfaction was significantly higher at dealerships offering service express lanes. 
 
 
Holy Bigfoot: You Have No Idea How Massive Toyota Truly Is  Mar 18th, 2015 
From the April 2015 issue Elsewhere in this issue, you’ll read about the resurgence of Japanese performance. When it comes to sales performance, though, Toyota is already tops. It has sold more vehicles than any manufacturer for six of the past seven years, topping 10 million sales worldwide in 2014. But last year, many of […] 
 
 
Honda Civic Type R Racer Brings 350 HP to British Touring Car Championship  Mar 17th, 2015 
The all-new, not-for-U.S.-consumption Honda Civic Type R is already a jaw-dropping piece of machinery: The turbo-charged hatchback pumps out 306 horsepower from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and screams to a top speed of 168 mph. This ain’t your everyday Civic commuter. And the BTCC racer, unveiled today, is even better. This is the Honda Yuasa BTCC […] 
 
 
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